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Cask Republic + Morello Bistro Offer Allagash + Blue Point Beer Dinners

16 Jan

There’s definitely no shortage of great restaurants that serve up some wicked good beer here in Fairfield County. Some are obvious choices like Cask Republic who throws down the gauntlet with 52 brews on tap, but some might not be as obvious like Morello Bistro in Greenwich. While they are known more for their wine and cocktail selection, they are increasingly trying to highlight good beer that will play well off of their inspired Italian fare.

So, what better way to check out the food at both places, than checking out two different beer dinners that they are both hosting.

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Morello Bistro: Old World Italian Charm with a Modern Twist – Greenwich, CT

28 Aug

Exterior Morello Bistro Greenwich

From the outside, Morello Bistro in Greenwich appears to be a cute, maybe even unassuming restaurant with a brown and white awning and a few outdoor tables.  But, as you enter, the beautiful domed ceilings, archways, terra-cotta colored columns, and second-level balcony really set the mood for a contrasting old world, yet modern Italian experience. We were excited to have that experience again when General Manager, James Branigan invited us for a special tasting since we haven’t been to Morello Bistro since the first time we tasted their menu back in November ’12 when Chef Pasternack ran the kitchen.

We started the night chatting with Olivier Flosse, Beverage Director for MARC (Mardon Abela Restaurant Corporation).  Not only is Olivier in charge of wine and cocktails at Morello, but also A Voce, Bistro du Midi, and FPB. We loved talking with Oliver because he oozed passion and excitement for his job! We talked about wine, cocktails, and his pairings for the night as he shared insights and observations in the world of adult beverages. He talked about how cocktails seem to be returning to classic liquors, how St. St. Germain has made a huge comeback in cocktails because it is, in the words of Olivier, “pure and elegant.” And, he kinda blew our minds when he told us about a cocktail that he has at A Voce:  Il Tartufo.  It’s made with a 10 year bourbon infused with three different vermouths and black truffles.  Then, they put white truffle honey on one side of the rim…DAMN!

Well, enough foreplay, let’s get down to business:

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Morello Bistro pouring new summer cocktails (recipes included) – Greenwich, CT

22 May
Drinks at Morello Bistro in Greenwich, CT

Starting from bottom left, then up, then over, then back down:  White Peach Margarita, Spiced Avema, Fiore Liz, Passionfruit Bellini, Morello Old Fashioned, and Morello Twist.  Photos provided by Morello Bistro, design by us. :)

One of the hotspots along Greeenwich Avenue is the perennial favorite, Morello Bistro.  We went for a great press dinner last year when we got to taste Chef Forrest Pasternack’s excellent food.  Although Forrest has left for Bailey’s Backyard, Kevin Garcia has taken the reins of this very popular spot. Chef Garcia graduated from Johnson & Wales University and has worked at Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse, Lucca, Lupa with Mario Batali, Del Posto, ‘Cesca, and Accademia di Vino.  That’s quite a resume, and now he has Morello Bistro to add to that list.

Chef Garcia is focusing Morello Bistro in on the regions of Rome, Tuscany, and Sicily.  And, as we approach summer, Forrest has changed up the menu using local ingredients and Oliver Flosse, Wine Director for MARC US (a restaurant group that owns Morello, A Voce and more), has changed up the cocktails.  We received some photos and recipes for some of the drinks that we’re excited to share with you.  And, we’ll present the recipes to you from bottom left, up, then across, then to the big box on the bottom.  While the recipes look pretty easy to put together, we’d just leave it to the experts at Morello, ya know? :)  Enjoy it inside or at one of their tables outside.  Drink up and enjoy:

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8 Awesome Local Restaurants Participate in Winter Chef Series at Klaff’s of Danbury + Norwalk

24 Jan
Klaff's Winter Chef Series
February usually gets the short end of the stick.  It’s too cold, it’s too snowy, it’s too dark, it’s too depressing.  Well, guess what kiddos?  Klaff’s of Norwalk and Danbury have put together some great cooking demos and tastings so that February can be become a somewhat more tolerable month.  Each free event will take place on a Saturday from 12-2 pm right in the middle of an amazing array of ranges, decorations, and appliances.  The chefs who are cooking up a storm represent some of the most popular and yummy dining spots throughout Fairfield County, too!  Lucky for you we’ve got the details for each demo and tasting:
At the Klaff’s South Norwalk store at 28 Washington Street
 
February 2:  Tinto Bar & Tapas, Norwalk, www.tintobartapas.com
Chef/Owner Carlos Hernandez presents the Spanish food culture in the form of Tinto Bar & Tapas. Superior ingredients, an attractive atmosphere, attentive service, and value are at the forefront of this fun tapas bar and gathering place. A variety of big flavors, creative tapas, and fresh fruit cocktails, all at accessible price points – all without compromising quality, are at the forefront of Tinto’s always festive dining experience.
February 9:  Bar Sugo, Norwalk, www.barsugo.com
Located in Norwalk emerging eastside district, Chef Pasquale Pascarella, a dynamic young chef and the owner of the popular Contina Pizzerias in Fairfield County, introduces his brand of casual, fun Italian dining in the form of Bar Sugo, a contemporary trattoria and wine bar serving “modern Italian meets peasant food”. Momma’s meatballs, damn hot peppers, and homemade short rib agnoletti are some of the favorite dishes customers are talking about.
Chef Kevin Garcia prepares modern Italian cuisine at Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich, CT.  Morello is owned and operated by the London based restaurant group MARC, Inc. Morello Bistro combines regional Italian cuisine with exceptional wines and superior service. Chef Garcia has designed a menu of sophistication, sans the pretense.

Morello Bistro: A Tour Through Chef Pasternack’s Tasty Tasting Menu – Greenwich, CT

16 Nov

Update:  Chef Forrest Pasternack has left Morello and is now Executive Chef at Bailey’s Backyard.  Taking his place is Executive Chef Kevin Garcia.

One of the great things about being OmNomCT is getting treated to special opportunities for blogger and press dinners. This one was especially tasty.  As we entered Morello Bistro (owned by MARC of London), we were taken aback at how beautiful this Greenwich spot was.  Stunningly beautiful, actually, with massive, tiled arches, and a dome ceiling.  Yes, a seriously amazing place.  Normally you’d think that a place with such natural beauty in the heart of Greenwich would cost you your organs, your arms, your legs, and a few extra appendages, but you’d be wrong.  The crew at Morello Bistro are really trying to keep things at affordable prices.  Brunch entrees range from $9-27, lunch from $13-26, and dinner from $18-38.

We were invited to this press dinner to celebrate not only four years in business, but also Chef Forrest Pasternack’s new gig as Executive Chef.  Now, this guy’s been around the proverbial block a few times.   Maybe that’s because he started young.  He worked at Kabuki, an Asian restaurant in Danbury that his adoptive parents owned.  Soon he found himself as kitchen manager and heading to the CIA (no, not to become a spy…Culinary Institute of America, duh) to fulfill his passion to cook.  Even while he was getting his degree, Chef Pasternack worked at Zoe Restaurant in Manhattan and The Town Crier in Pawling, NY.  From there, he found himself working at some killer spots:  Soho Grand Hotel in NY, Marcus Samuelson’s Aquavit, Mario Batali’s Esca, and David Chang’s oft-praised Momofuku.  In 2009 he took his skills to Greenwich, CT and became executive chef of Terra Restaurant.  Now…well, now Morello Bistro is lucky enough to have him.

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Eating Greenwich and Port Chester, Interstate Restaurant Week, October 16-21, 2011

1 Oct

Deals galore, from CT Restaurant Week site!

Let’s face it, restaurant weeks are good times to try out expensive places at not so expensive prices.  They are even great for just trying out that one gem that you’ve heard so much about but never got around to trying.  Well, the Greenwich & Port Chester Restaurant Week breaks some ground in CT.  First of all, it’s between not only two cities, but also two states.  Also, check out below, for other cool new features of this restaurant week.  If that’s not enough, check our post  for a restaurant week that spans the entire state of Connecticut.

October 16-21, 2011 (Sunday-Friday)

• Discounted prices on prix fixe menus

• Special offers and deals

• Variety of features such as family dining, lunch buffets, early bird dining, a la carte menus, and wine pairing menus.

Prix Fixe prices are set at:

 Lunch $10.11 & Dinner $20.11   OR   Lunch $18.11 & Dinner $30.11

Participating restaurants:

We realize after doing this post that we don’t eat in Greenwich enough.  We need to branch out from Stamford and Norwalk.  This, dear Omnomivores, is the perfect opportunity to do so.

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